Framing the End: Analyzing Media and Meaning Making during Cape Town's Day Zero

Denise Voci*, Catherine J. Bruns, Stella Lemke, Franzisca Weder

*Korrespondierende*r Autor*in für diese Arbeit

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


In this paper, we analyze public discourses in 2018 about water-scarce Cape Town, SA. We investigated the discursive implications of apocalyptic rhetoric such as "Day Zero"by analyzing local and international news media talk (n = 111 newspaper articles) surrounding the Cape Town water crisis during pre-, height of, and post-crisis moments, complemented by 12 narrative problem-centered interviews in the height of the water crisis. The analysis led to a focus on the relationship between environmental and communicative developments with a high local impact, and mainly on examples of local engagement, social movements, or resistance as response to changing environmental scenarios and the evaluation of the role of (news) media in raising community concern and commitment. The findings show that the communication around the (twice-postponed) "Day Zero"in Cape Town is a very fruitful example of the digital disrupted, post-truth communication that happens with environmental issues today.

FachzeitschriftFrontiers in Communication
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2020
Extern publiziertJa

Bibliographische Notiz

Funding Information:
The author acknowledges the financial support by the University of Klagenfurt.

Publisher Copyright:
© Voci, Bruns, Lemke and Weder.

Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)

  • 508007 Kommunikationswissenschaft